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Rutgers (9-6; 5-6) at Northwestern (6-8; 3-7)

How To Watch, Listen, News & Notes

Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois

Tip-off: Sunday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: BTN - Lisa Byington and Stephen Bardo

Radio: Live Listen - Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM/WOR 710 AM/XM 380, Jerry Recco & Jordan Ozer; WRSU 88.7 FM - Raj Shah and Dylan Allen

KenPom Rankings: Rutgers is 28, which is 12 spots better since the 30 point win over Michigan State on Thursday; Northwestern is 72, the same as it was before a 3 point loss to Penn State on Saturday, January 23.

Efficiency Rankings: Rutgers - Offense 110.2 (57th) Defense 91.5 (20th); Northwestern - Offense 108.8 (68th) Defense 97.0 (82nd)

KenPom Prediction: Rutgers 72 Northwestern 69; Rutgers is given a 59% chance to win.

OTB Guide to KenPom

Vegas Line: Rutgers -4

Series History: Northwestern leads the all-time series 10-4, but Rutgers won the last meeting 77-73 on February 9, 2020 at the RAC.

Northwestern SB Nation Site: Inside NU

OTB Podcast featuring Jerry Carino

Key Contributors

Northwestern - 6’7” junior Miller Kopp (13.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 45.3% 3-pt FG); 6’4” redshirt sophomore Chase Audige (12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steal); 6’10” junior Pete Nance (11.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 35.9% 3-pt FG); 6’2” sophomore Boo Buie (10.5 points, 4.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 39.7% 3-pt FG); 6’10” redshirt sophomore Ryan Young (7.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 60.3% FG); 6’9” sophomore Robbie Beran (6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists); 6’3” freshman Ty Berry (5.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, 39.0% 3-pt FG); 6’4” redshirt junior Anthony Gaines (4.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists); 6’2” junior Ryan Greer (2.9 points, 1.8 assists, 1.4 rebounds, 53.8% 3-pt FG)

Rutgers - 6’6” junior Ron Harper Jr. (17.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 37.5% 3-pt FG); 6’2” senior Jacob Young (14.3 points, 3.9 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 40.0% 3-pt FG); 6’4” junior Montez Mathis (11.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 39.6 % 3-pt FG); 6’4” Geo Baker (9.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals); 6’10” redshirt junior Myles Johnson (8.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, 63.6% FG); 6’6” sophomore Paul Mulcahy (6.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 37.0% 3-pt FG); 6’7” junior Caleb McConnell (5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists) 6’11” Cliff Omoruyi (4.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 64.3% FG)

Injury Updates

Neither team has any significant injury issues.

GAME PREVIEW

Tonight is a huge opportunity for Rutgers to get back to .500 in Big Ten play by winning its third straight game. The focus and energy needs to be there from the opening tip for them to take control of the game. Northwestern is playing its first game in eight days so they’ll be rested and prepared. Leadership is key as well for Rutgers to take care of business. Join us in the comment section during the game.